The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network has released the World Happiness Report.
The report which focused on the effects of COVID-19 and how people all over the world have fared, saw Uganda crowned as the happiest country in East Africa and Finland as the world’s happiest.
“Our aim was two-fold, first to focus on the effects of Covid-19, on the structure and quality of people’s lives, and second to describe and evaluate how governments all over the world have dealt with the pandemic. In particular, we try to explain why some countries have done so much better than others,” the Network said in a statement.
Mauritius island which ranked 44th globally, was ranked the happiest in Africa.
Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, was ranked 83rd making it the happiest in East Africa, Kenya 86th and Tanzania 94th.
In 2017, expatriates voted Uganda as the friendliest country to live in.
Now, the World Happiness Report has ranked Uganda as the happiest country in East Africa.
Citizens of war-torn Afghanistan are the most unhappy with their lives, followed by Zimbabwe (148), Rwanda (147), Botswana (146) and Lesotho (145).
The happiness study ranks countries on the basis of questions from the Gallup World Poll. The results are then correlated with other factors, including GDP and social security.
Here’s the list of top 20 World’s happiest countries of 2021:
5. The Netherlands
9. New Zealand
16. Costa Rica
17. United Kingdom
18. The Czech Republic
19. United States